Synopses & Reviews
Part geography lesson, part introduction ornithology, United Tweets is all fun . . .and#160; a feathered pageant matching the 50 state birds--USA Today
*INCLUDES* Fun facts, a full map of the United States, all the state capitals, and hilarious illustrations of each state bird!
Welcome to the United Tweets Pageant! This colorful parade of state birds competing to be Top Tweet will have readers of all ages laughing aloud. From Alabama's Yellowhammer to Wyoming's Western Meadowlark, each bird is a winner, and each bird loves to show off the state it calls home. Hudson Talbott has created an inspired introduction to states and their birds. His vibrant, detailed illustrations infuse the birds' interactions with energy and humor, making this a great way to spark kids' interest in United States history, geography, and, of course, wildlife!
Hoots for UNITED TWEETS OF AMERICA!
From USA Today:
Part geography lesson, part introduction ornithology, United Tweets is all fun. It imagines a feathered pageant matching the 50 state birds, from Alabama's wood-pecking yellowhammer to Wyoming's western meadowlark, the most popular of all state birds. (It's also claimed by Oregon, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Kansas.) Hudson Talbott's whimsical drawings are mixed with facts: Hawaii's nee is the rarest state bird. The Rhode Island red, a purebed chicken, has its own monument, erected by a "grateful and well-fed public." And New Mexico's greater roadrunner has been clocked at more than 18 mph but does not say "beep-beep".
"Gather all of your chuckle-bellied trivia snatchers for a rollicking romp through the states..[T]his book is a hoot!"--School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Deliciously outrageous"--Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
"This rollicking roll call of state fast facts takes the form of a pageant of birds, each introducing their home state in ways that will delight trivia fans. Where U.S. geography is part of the elementary-school curriculum, this lighthearted look at the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) will be welcome."--Kirkus Reviews
This portable state-by-state guide, superbly illustrated in watercolor, identifies each state's official state bird, flower, and insect along with other fun facts and points of interest.
This book exhibits all of the diversity of the American states even as it ties the country into one awesome entity. The authors' inclusion of endangered species, biographical sketches on the famous Americans from each state, inventions, resources, records, and so much more make this a unique and multi-dimensional work. But it is the art and the treatment of the information that makes this book so special. With a light-handed, fresh approach, and tremendous respect for their subject, the author-artists succeed in painting a truly beautiful portrait of America.
About the Author
Hudson Talbott (www.hudsontalbott.com) also illustrated Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson), a Newbery Honor book, and Leonardo's Horse (by Jean Fritz), an ALA Notable Book and a VOYA Honor Book. He lives in New York City and Leeds, New York, in the Hudson Valley. He is grateful for the inspiration of the birds coming to his feeders, who also doubled as models for several of the state birds.